I've googled and spelunked around, has anyone a favourite/ useful/good set of or a single toolkit for managing Prince2 projects?
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The PM Formerly Known As Prince
I've never heard of Prince2... what is it and what is your opinion of it?
A Software Build Guy
There used to be a Prince2 toolkit called 'Launchpad' written by a company called Spoce - can be found at www.spoce.com (actually still is - I've just looked)
I'm asking because I've been approached with a proposal to develop them and up to now I've always associated Prince2 with large scale projects and either government or government associated projects.
"I've never heard of Prince 2" - Joel Spolsky
I worked in an organisation in the UK which tried to get all project managers qualified in Prince2. This organisation even created a department called Prince. Most of us attended the course and some of us even passed the tests but Prince never really caught on. I think that was more to do with the commitment of the people who had been sent on the course. The Prince department was renamed and after that it became known as the department “formerly known as Prince”.
Prince 2 is a fantastic theory - but that's pretty much all it is. In reality it's very rarely the right methodology to choose IMHO. There is sooooo much overhead associated with using it, even implemented partially, with a paper trail that could account for a small rainforest.
Prince2 was adopted by the UK government in 1989.
The most useful part of Prince2 is the product breakdown structure that focuses the PM on deliverables rather than the activities that go to make up the deliverables. Very useful for helping participants to focus on outcomes. We all know how much some IT folks love to focus on the means rather than the ends.
We are an accredited PRINCE2 traininig and consultancy organisation in the UK who have developed a project management tool called Project Monitor that is PRINCE2 compliant.
Ye of little faith... PRINCE is correctly described as a 'framework' - Paul Kelly - and used very effectively to Product drive projects, endlessly decomposing and flowing and eventually mapping (1:1) to the WBS - not including the PM itself of course. It handles Risk and Issues and Change Management in a practical open-item way and requires the presence of activities and products critical to Project success eg. The Communications and Resource Plans. An excellent product - no longer available I believe - is PRINCESS, produced by WS Atkins. It supports (ed) the creation and maintenance of Product Descriptions, Product Flow Diagrams and Product Breakdown Structures, diagramming and printing of these structures. It can alos import/export to/from a variety of Project Planning tools including MS-Project - great for synchronising with the WBS. It also supports Risk Registers and Change Management. What ever happened to PRINCESS?
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